New Bigger TV Screens

This year has been the year of TV upgrades at all our holiday properties.

First, Sandboys Dune got a new 24″ flat screen TV and an aerial to pick up French digital HD transmissions – so now you can choose whether you want to watch British satellite channels or the whole range of French TV channels!

New smart TV

The new 49″ smart TV in The Pines is connected to the internet!

Next, The Pines was re-equipped with a bigger and better, whopping 49″ smart TV.  Not only will this TV receive French digital channels and UK channels by Sky satellite, but you can also browse the internet, watch YouTube, and do loads of other clever stuff that we haven’t even got round to trying yet.  The Master Bedroom in The Pines also got a new TV with a slightly larger screen than the old one.

Finally, as promised earlier this year, The West Wing got its own new 32″ flat screen TV, which we’ve already found to be clearer, brighter, and with better sound than its predecessor.

All our holiday properties are provided with DVD players, too, of course, in case you want to bring your own favourite films, concerts, or TV programmes.

 

 

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Decor and equipment upgrades

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The West Wing apartment’s private garden. Ideal for lunch al fresco.

Spring is the time of year when our gites get their most detailed and critical inspection of the year, and an assessment of what needs to be done to maintain them to the high standards our clients demand.

This year Sandboys Dune and The West Wing have come under scrutiny.  We decided Dune needed a general freshening up, so we repainted throughout.  We also fitted a new TV with a larger screen, capable of receiving French digital HD channels as well as all the UK free-to-air satellite broadcasts.  This wasn’t quite as simple as just plugging in the new set, though, since changes to the French terrestrial broadcasting system meant we had to install a new, more sensitive aerial.  Lots of climbing up and down ladders!

The West Wing apartment has also undergone a decor facelift, particularly in the bathroom, kitchen and entrance hall.  We were always unhappy about the poor WiFi reception reported by some of our guests – many of them had difficulty logging on, and most had to sit by the lounge window to pick up a signal – so this winter we have vastly improved the situation with a more powerful WiFi repeater installed closer to the apartment.  This has made it possible to connect with most tablets and smartphones from any part of the living room and now even the bedroom.

We spent a few days and nights living in The West Wing apartment ourselves so as to be totally aware of any problems that might affect our guests’ comfort.  As a result a new, better kettle has been installed, and we plan a TV upgrade before the summer.  We can certainly endorse the good reports we received from guests about the fabulously comfortable new mattress in the West Wing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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More Comfortable West Wing

After yesterday’s news of an improvement to the comfort of our visitors to Sandboys Dune, comes further news of improvements – this time at The West Wing.

New Leather Sofa for The West Wing

New Leather Sofa for The West Wing

Readers familiar with the West Wing apartment might have already noticed that the new sofa at Dune is, in fact, none other than the comfortable 2 seater that used to be in the living room at The West Wing.  So, you are probably asking yourselves, what is going to replace that nice rattan framed 2 seater, with the elephant pattern upholstery, that previously provided guests in The West Wing with such a comfy place to chill out?

Well, here it is!  It’s a very soft and luxurious, cream leather upholstered, 3 seater sofa!  And even though it’s obviously wider and deeper than the previous 2 seater, it still leaves plenty of room for the unusual armchair rocker, with matching gliding action footstool, that many of our guests have found so super-relaxing in the past.

PS.  We are also installing a brand new luxurious mattress.  How can you be sure it will be comfortable and of good quality?  Because it’s the same specification as the mattress we bought last year for our own bed – and if it works well for us, then our clients are entitled to enjoy the same comfort!

 

 

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The West Wing

Here are some photos of The West Wing, including some showing the newly decorated bedroom with optional cot – for babies under 2 years.

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New! The West Wing is the new name for our Garden apartment

The West Wing Apartment - ideal for romantic couples

The Garden and private entrance to The West Wing Apartment

We’ve renamed our very comfortable Garden Apartment, and because it is in the west wing of our big white house, we’ve called it The West Wing!

Not to be confused with The West Wing of the White House in Washington

The West Wing at The White House

The West Wing from The White House garden

DC – this is the real West Wing of The White House!

The one-bedroom apartment is comfortable and spacious.  It is popular with couples who are looking for privacy and a quiet time, but there’s enough space for a cot in the big bedroom, so if you’re a young couple with a baby under 2 years, this could be just the place for you.

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